Opaque Spectacle

The Paris Diary of Paul-Adolphe Löffler

A film by Afsaneh Salari
The Hungarian communist, writer, journalist and antifascist activist Paul-Adolphe Löffler (1901-1979) describes Paris in his diary as a dazzling place of longing, which, however, regularly disappoints him. As a refugee with forged papers, he arrives by train at Gare de l’Est, where the city immediately robs him of his illusions: Paris seems less beautiful and sunny than expected.

This film is a collaboration between We Refugees Archive and Docmaniacs Collective.
France & Germany | 9’ | Creative Documentary

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Based on:
Löffler, Paul-Adolphe, 1974: Journal de Paris d’un exilé (1924-1939).
Directing and script: Afsaneh Salari
Camera: Afsaneh Salari, Joëlle Abou Chabké
Voice Over: Kristof Pap
Editing: Afsaneh Salari
Sound Design and Mix: Hirad Alavifard
Original Music: Taha Amadeh
Music Extract: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 by Franz Liszt
Translation: Miriam Schulz
Special Thanks: Hamedreza Izadpanah, Bálint Pap, Hoda Siahtiri, Sepand Saedi